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ext3 fsck time versus partition size

I'm doing the setup for a large-scale storage farm, and to avoid the need for month-long fscks, my plan is to split the storage into numerous smaller filesystems (this is fine, as I have a ...
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Best way to compare (diff) a full directory structure?

What's the best way to compare directory structures? I have a backup utility which uses rsync. I want to tell the exact differences (in terms of file sizes and last-changed dates) between the source ...
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Looking for comparisons of disk i/o for a dedicated MySQL server

We hired a consultant to help us increase the capacity of our MySQL cluster, and the first thing (almost only thing) he did was to measure the disk i/o speed of our servers. I am interested in a ...
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How can I measure network performance on Windows and Linux?

Not trying to create a "holy war" thread, but I am trying to make a reasoned decision on whether to use Linux or Windows for network applications. To that end, I would like to gain a better ...
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Is there a tool to compare values in .ini files?

I'm looking for a file comparison utility specifically for .ini files, typically used as settings files. There are plenty of file comparison tools (WinDiff, Beyond Compare, CompareIt, WinMerge, ...), ...
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What is good about the BSDs?

I've used Ubuntu on and off since Warty Warthog. I was thinking about installing Jaunty soon; but I noticed that over the weekend NetBSD 5.0, Dragonfly BSD 2.2.1, OpenBSD 4.5, and FreeBSD 7.2 have all ...